CCSD Superintendent’s Commission report provides framework to address teacher shortage

Jesus Jara
By News and Talk Radio 840 AM

Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) - Clark County School District Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara has released a new report highlighting possible steps to increase teacher recruitment and retention.

“I applaud the commission's efforts in providing a framework to support our Focus: 2024 goals of giving all students in CCSD access to a world class teaching force,” Superintendent Jara said. “We will continue to work closely with the commission to make sure we follow through on these recommendations.”

The Superintendent's Teacher Recruitment and Retention Commission developed the  22-page report focusing on areas in need of improvement to make sure all students in CCSD are provided a high-quality teacher to begin each school year. During the virtual press conference, members of the commission highlighted four specific areas of improvement, in both recruitment and retention, they felt needed to be addressed immediately.

Urgent Improvements in Recruitment:

  - Grow new, quality and diverse teacher pipelines and maximize existing pipelines.

  - Create a faster, more streamlined hiring process.

Urgent Improvements in Retention:

  - Better understand teacher and administrator culture and resources to act on improving them over time.

  - Enhance mentorship and coaching for administrators and teachers at every level of experience. 

The 16-member commission was created by Superintendent Jara to develop recommendations that would help ensure the District can fill every classroom with a high-quality teacher by the start of each school year. The work of the Commission is critically aligned to CCSD’s Focus: 2024 Strategic Plan as multiple studies have concluded, a quality, devoted teacher means more to student achievement than any other single factor. 

To ensure the District stays accountable for this critical work, the Commission will check informally on progress toward each of the detailed solutions in Spring 2021 and Fall 2021.